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Global Politics

Changes in Saudi Arabia

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with correspondent Kate Seelye about the strict rules that govern daily life in Saudi Arabia, and how some of those rules are being relaxed by the country's conservative rulers.

Rehab for Saudi radicals

Kate Seelye reports on the Saudi government's efforts to rehabilitate Saudi Arabia's radical militants, or Muslim radicals who have embraced al-Qaeda's ideology

Environment

Governments block internet

The World's Clark Boyd reports on governments that have found various ways to block citizens' access to internet sites; this web filtering is described in a new book, "Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering".

Conflict & Justice

Saudi Arabia's youth problem

Most of Saudi Arabia's population is under the age of 30, and a growing number of them is frustrated with the Kingdom's tight restrictions on social freedoms, and that could pose problems for the Saudi state

Environment

Bloggers in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia bans political parties and limits free expression, but young Saudis are pushing the limits of those restrictions by blogging, as Kate Seelye has the story.

The Bin Ladens

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Steve Coll, author of "The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century;� the book is a profile of the family that produced the al Qaeda leader.